THE Herald Express Swagbag column has had a double whammy of successes.
In successive weeks, items featured in the column have been reunited with their owners.
By an amazing coincidence, two watches worth £5,000 which were stolen from a Torquay home in February, were found the day after featuring in Swagbag.
And the following week, photographs of a set of fishing rods seized by police during a raid in Paignton were identified by their owner.
DC Simon Sherwood said: "It shows the value of Swagbag. People do read it and look out for it and it is helping us to reunite people with stolen property."
One of the watches was especially valuable for sentimental reasons. It's Torquay owner had relatives who worked in New York's World Trade Center, and lost a cousin in the 9/11 terror attacks.
She had bought the watch in a jewellery shop in the Twin Towers.
She said: "When the Herald Express wrote about the watches being stolen, we never for a second thought anything would come of it.
"The man who handed the watches in is the hero in this. A lesser person would have kept them."
DC Sherwood said they were found by Andy Randall, who goes out collecting aluminium cans for charity early every day.
"It was in the paper on Thursday and we had a phone call by 7.15am the day after the paper came out.
"When I phoned the owner to say they had been found the next day, she didn't know what to say.
"The amazing thing is the time span. The watches were stolen in February. What are the chances of them turning up the day after the paper came out?
"It's remarkable. He had read the paper the night before and when he saw the watches he immediately recognised them."
Andy, 46, who had to take early retirement due to an injury, said: "It was just a lucky break really.
"I was just walking along picking my tins up which I normally do for charity.
"I saw a glint on top of the wall. I reached my hand in and grabbed what I thought was a tin and a watch fell out into my hand.
"I looked behind it and there was another one. It was on top of a wall on old Teignmouth Road, approaching the junction of St Vincents Road.
"They were dirty, as if they had been there for a while. I remembered seeing the bit in the Herald Express.
"I collect tins of behalf of HIV anti-virals for Africa.
"I've been doing it for almost 20 years and I've collected in excess of £20,000 over the years.
"I go out every morning, especially in the beach party season when it's hot.
"It was around 5am and I was making my way home."
The fishing rods were spotted in the following week's Swagbag column.
They had been stolen from a car at Paignton harbour but the owner had not reported the theft because he had left his car temporarily unlocked.